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Job advertisement PhD student / research assistant in dust storm research

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PhD student / research assistant in dust storm research

PhD student / research assistant in dust storm research

Berlin, Germany


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Biogeosciences (BG)
Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS)

Part time

Entry level

50% TVL-13-FU

Required education

Application deadline
16 August 2021

27 July 2021

Job description

Dust storms are a central element of the weather and climate on Mars. In order to examine and ultimately shed light on the complexity of the formation of dust storms, their residence in the atmosphere and impacts on the state of the atmosphere, we have launched an interdisciplinary PhD project, which is supervised in close cooperation by the working groups “Radiation and Remote Sensing” at the Institute of Meteorology, “Planetology and Remote Sensing” and “Geodynamics and Mineral Physics of Planetary Processes” at the Institute of Geology.

Job description:
The position is available from 1 Oct. 2021 for 4 years and is aimed at future PhD students who would like to link the two attractive and exciting research areas “Mineral Dust in the Atmosphere” and “Atmosphere/Atmospheric Evolution of Mars” in their research. The position, primarily based at the Institute of Meteorology and with work phases in Planetary Sciences, is funded from the budget of the Department of Earth Sciences and there is an obligation to participate in teaching (BSc and MSc in Meteorology, MSc in Planetary Sciences and Remote Sensing) with 2 hours during semesters.

The central research topic of the future post holder is the atmospheric life cycle of mineral dust on the planet Mars. In the course of the 4-year PhD project, different methodological skills (remote sensing of mineral dust, numerical simulation of dust emission, transport and deposition) will be acquired and complementarily combined to study the phenomenon of “dust storms on Mars”, one of the most important meteorological phenomena of the Martian climate. The position entails the opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in economics at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Successfully completed Master degree in meteorology, planetology, geosciences, atmospheric physics, physics or a comparable sub-field of physical geosciences.

Interest in interdisciplinary work
Programming experience and experience with UNIX/Linux-based computer environments. Good written and spoken English skills are also desirable.

For further information, please contact Mrs. Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schepanski ( / 0049 30 838 60650).

How to apply

Applications should be sent by e-mail, together with significant documents, indicating the reference code, in PDF format (preferably as one document) to Mrs. Gisela Braß:

On the given occasion and for the duration of the essential on-site operations by Freie Universität Berlin, we kindly ask you to apply electronically by e-mail. The processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed.

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geowissenschaften
Institut für Meteorologie
AG Strahlung und Fernerkundung
Mrs. Gisela Braß
Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
12165 Berlin (Steglitz)

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